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Washington State bill would increase collector car fees

SEMA legislative update:

Washington State Bill Would Increase Fees for Collector Cars and Horseless Carriages  

Legislation (H.B. 1134) has been introduced in the Washington State Legislature by Representative Fred Finn (fred.finn@leg.wa.gov) and Representative Zack Hudgins (zack.hudgins@leg.wa.gov) that threatens to require annual renewal fees for collector vehicle and horseless carriage license plates.   Under the bill, the initial $35 license plate fee for these vehicles would remain and a new annual $30 renewal fee would be added.  Under Washington law, a collector vehicle is any motor vehicle that is more than thirty years old, while a horseless carriage is defined as a vehicle that is more than forty years old. 
We Urge You to Contact Members of the Washington House Transportation Committee (List Below) Immediately to Request Their Opposition to H.B. 1134
H.B. 1134 ignores the fact that these older cars are infrequently driven (about one-third the miles each year as a new vehicle) second or third vehicles and deserving of reduced registration fees.  
H.B. 1134 singles out and targets owners of older cars as revenue boosters to compensate for state budget shortfalls.
H.B. 1134 ignores the fact that many collector vehicles are owned and maintained by low and fixed income Americans who are less able to afford a higher, annual fee.
DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the House Transportation Committee immediately by e-mail to request their opposition to H.B. 1134.  Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org. Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby!  Thank you for your assistance.

Washington House Transportation Committee
Representative Judy Clibborn – Chair
Phone: 360/786-7926
Email: judy.clibborn@leg.wa.gov
Representative Andy Billig – Vice Chair 
Phone: 360/786-7888
Email: andy.billig@leg.wa.gov
Representative Marko Liias  – Vice Chair 
Phone: 360/786-7972
Email: marko.liias@leg.wa.gov
Representative Mike Armstrong
Phone: 360/786-7832
Email: mike.armstrong@leg.wa.gov
Representative Jan Angel
Phone: 360/786-7964
Email: jan.angel@leg.wa.gov
Representative Katrina Asay
Phone: 360/786-7830
Email: katrina.asay@leg.wa.gov
Representative Deb Eddy
Phone: 360/786-7848
Email: deb.eddy@leg.wa.gov
Representative Fred Finn
Phone: 360/786-7902
Email: fred.finn@leg.wa.gov
Representative Joe Fitzgibbon
Phone: 360/786-7952
Email: joe.fitzgibbon@leg.wa.gov
Representative Mark Hargrove
Phone: 360/786-7918
Email: mark.hargrove@leg.wa.gov
Representative Laurie Jinkins
Phone: 360/786-7930
Email: laurie.jinkins@leg.wa.gov
Representative Norm Johnson 
Phone: 360/786-7810
Email: norm.johnson@leg.wa.gov
Representative Brad Klippert
Phone: 360/786-7882
Email: brad.klippert@leg.wa.gov
Representative Dan Kristiansen
Phone: 360/786-7967
Email: dan.kristiansen@leg.wa.gov
Representative Connie Ladenburg
Phone: 360/786-7906
Email: connie.ladenburg@leg.wa.gov
Representative Jim McCune 
Phone: 360/786-7824
Email: jim.mccune@leg.wa.gov
Representative Jim Moeller
Phone: 360/786-7872
Email: jim.moeller@leg.wa.gov
Representative Jeff Morris
Phone: 360/786-7970
Email: jeff.morris@leg.wa.gov
Representative Luis Moscoso
Phone: 360/786-7900
Email: luis.moscoso@leg.wa.gov
Representative Jason Overstreet
Phone: 360/786-7980
Email: jason.overstreet@leg.wa.gov
Representative Chris Reykdal
Phone: 360/786-7940
Email: chris.reykdal@leg.wa.gov
Representative Ann Rivers
Phone: 360/786-7850
Email: ann.rivers@leg.wa.gov
Representative Jay Rodne
Phone: 360/786-7852
Email: jay.rodne@leg.wa.gov
Representative Christine Rolfes
Phone: 360/786-7842
Email: christine.rolfes@leg.wa.gov
Representative Cindy Ryu
Phone: 360/786-7880
Email: cindy.ryu@leg.wa.gov
Representative Matt Shea
Phone: 360/786-7984
Email: matt.shea@leg.wa.gov
Representative Dean Takko
Phone: 360/786-7806
Email: dean.takko@leg.wa.gov
Representative Dave Upthegrove
Phone: 360/786-7868
Email: dave.upthegrove@leg.wa.gov
Representative Hans Zeiger
Phone: 360/786-7968
Email: hans.zeiger@leg.wa.gov


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